Melbourne, Oct 10: Former West Indies skipper Carl Hooper felt Indian Premier League was posing a threat to international cricket, and urged the Boards to issue a central contract for players, in order to ensure that they play for the country than getting lured by cash-rich league, IPL.
Carl Hooper, who believes in the traditional format of the game, feels the shortest version especially the domestic leagues that have been a rage these days are posing a threat to international cricket mainly stressing on the impact of IPL.
"One of the biggest threats facing cricket is the IPL," Hooper told 'The Advertiser' on Wednesday.
Moreover, he feels that players are being lured by such leagues and if players like Gayle, Narine and others need to play for the country, the board should issue central contracts to all its players.
"The spectators want to see the best players. If I looked up and saw no Gayle or key players named to play I would just say forget about it, stay home," said Hooper.
"They have to figure out a way to get our key players contracted."
Talking about Narine's success in recent times especially in IPL and many players who preferred their IPL teams than playing for their T20 team in Champions League T20, Hooper said, only a contract from the board can bind these players.
"If Narine has a central contract that would mean he would have to play for the West Indies," said Hooper.
Moreover, he suggested that the national team would need all its key players who are performing at their best when they play any international match.
"We want to have our best cricketers playing each and every time we take the park," he added.
When asked about the fascination for the shortest version of the game, Hooper said "I am old fashioned, I believe in Test cricket. If you have a solid base in Test cricket you can adjust your game to suit any other format."